Linkedin users urged to change passwords after suspected hack
If you’re something special in the business world, you probably find Linkedin an invaluable tool. If you’re a tool in the business world, you probably use it as well. If you don’t know what it is, it’s the globe’s most popular networking website for thrusting, go-getting business individuals. It’s also a bit of a pain in the arse.
As well as all of that, Linkedin is also looking a bit foolish today, after claims were made that over six million of its users’ passwords have been leaked on to the internet. They have cropped up on a Russian web forum where such things tend to crop up, but Linkedin have yet to confirm whether or not they are genuine.
Sophos security boffin Graham Cluley has told the BBC he believed the breach was genuine, saying: “We've confirmed there are LinkedIn passwords in the data.”
"We did this by searching through the data for (hashed) passwords that we at Sophos use only on LinkedIn. We found those passwords in the data. We also saw that hundreds of the passwords contain the word 'Linkedin'. Our advice is to change your LinkedIn password. And if you use the same password on other accounts, change it there too."
So cut short your brainstorming meetings and get to it sharpish, otherwise your dreams of being the next Alan Sugar or Gordon Gecko could be lying in ruins by nightfall.